|Traditional men's cummerbund|
The broad, fabric waist sash that is used to jazz up men's formal wear, is a fashion statement that has its roots in the Persian kamarban (a long coloured sash that was wrapped around a tunic) and was popularised in the West via British Colonial India, when it was used as a lighter and more comfortable alternative to the waistcoat. Cummerbund sashes, usually made of silk, often included convenient horizontal pleats that could store ticket stubs and other sundry items when a gentleman was out and about.
|US Marine Corp evening dress uniforms.|
|Gucci is right into cummerbunds|
Very popular for formal wear in the 1930s, cummerbunds suited the high-waisted pants style of the era and were worn with a black single breasted jacket, while the flamboyant and night club bands wore a striking white version.
In the 1950s and early 1960s , the pleated cummerbund also became popular as an accent on women and children's dresses, often colour coordinated or in striking, contrast multi-colours.
These were very well made, lined or double fabric and wrapped around the waist without puckering up or rolling into a skinny band as many of the modern elasticised 'pretend cummerbands' tend to do.
Cummerbunds are a style plus on the right dress as they can transform the look and really emphasize a waistline, though I'd guess not so good for those us with a few spare rolls of fat spilling out over either side of the sash.